Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:04
Thanks for being open, Madbee. I have had quite a badly disordered relationship with food at various times in my life beginning in my teens so know the challenges. The things that helped me were having kids in that I became a bit less self-obsessed, being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder (which then made my metabolism more normal again) but particularly running in that I now associate food with fuel and an allowable and enjoyable thing rather than an enemy. With two daughters (and a son) I am really careful about body issues,trying not to use the "F" word, talk about training making me strong and healthy etc. I do fear for them.
My severely obese brother is just about to have gastric bypass surgery so that's the flipside. His heart is under so much strain that he has arrythmia so he sees it as a necessity .
DT - it's sad when effectively going for a long walk is such a major undertaking for someone that either people think it;'s dangerous or applaud their bravery. Hopefully it will inspire him to do it properly next year?
I did a hilly off-road race on Saturday. 500 ft of climb in 5 and a half miles. Fun! It was really tough and my legs didn't seem to have the power for the climbs - partly doing track on Thursday but partly just lack of fitness. Good prep for XC though - team relays on Saturday.